Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

HBO Documentary Films: KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

Overview: Kurt Cobain, legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Nirvana, “the flagship band of Generation X,” remains an object of reverence and fascination for music fans around the world. His story is told for the first time in KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, a fully authorized feature documentary co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group, which debuted MONDAY, MAY 4 at 9:00pm. Brett Morgen, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind such acclaimed documentaries as the HBO presentations “Crossfire Hurricane,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones,...

HBO Documentary Films: TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER

HBO Documentary Films: TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER

Overview:On July 7, 2010, Lonnie Franklin was arrested as a suspect in the “Grim Sleeper” murders, which took place in South Central Los Angeles from 1985 to 2007. His arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work, but the accidental result of a computer DNA match linking him to a possible 20 victims. The documentary visits the neighborhood where the crimes occurred, following director Nick Broomfield (HBO’s “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer”) as he explores how these killings could go unsolved for so many years. The film underscores the community’s turbulent relationship with law enforcement and how the...

SAVING MY TOMORROW Part 3 Airs Earth Day 2015

SAVING MY TOMORROW Part 3 Airs Earth Day 2015

If you recall HBO started a video initiative looking at how children today can tell us how to save our planet so that they and future generations can enjoy it. It is called SAVING MY TOMORROW. Here, from an HBO Press Release is a reminder about the program. HBO and The American Museum of Natural History present SAVING MY TOMORROW a six part family series on the environment.  From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth.  Kids share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change.  Behind the scenes at the...

HBO Documentary Films: LIVING WITH LINCOLN

HBO Documentary Films: LIVING WITH LINCOLN

Overview: In the years following the Civil War, ancestors of documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt collected a treasure trove of photographs, rare books and other artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln. Over the decades, their descendants carried on the work, helping to preserve an essential part of America’s past. Directed by Kunhardt (HBO’s Emmy-winning JFK: IN HIS OWN WORDS) and Brian Oakes, LIVING WITH LINCOLN explores his family’s physical and emotional connection to the president, revealing a personal side of the immortal leader through a modern-day journey of discovery, obsession, depression and despair.   Narrated by...

Documentary Development Slate: Mapplethorpe, Kramer and More

Documentary Development Slate: Mapplethorpe, Kramer and More

It is pretty quite on the Documentary front after the heavy onslaught we have witnessed with THE JINX, CITIZENFOUR and GOING CLEAR, but some new documentaries are on the horizon. We take a moment to learn of some of them. Controversial Artist Robert Mapplethorpe Gets Documentary His artistic contributions are not mainstream, but that doesn’t stop HBO. Artist Robert Mapplethorpe will be the subject of a new documentary put into motion by HBO’s Sheila Nevins. Many documentaries are already works in progress that HBO obtains the rights to; some have already been seen at film festivals and even theatrical release, but the Mapplethorpe is a...

HBO Documentary Films: SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL

HBO Documentary Films: SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL

Overview: The HBO Entertainment documentary SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL will debut SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and MONDAY, APRIL 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Directed by Alex Gibney (HBO’s “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”), the two-night, four-hour presentation marks the 100th year since the iconic entertainer’s birth. SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL is an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to...

HBO Documentary Films: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

HBO Documentary Films: GOING CLEAR:  SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Overview: Following the HBO documentary MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, his investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney  now turns his gaze to Scientology. In this documentary Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise...

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